â€œThis message will self-destruct in five, four, threeâ€¦â€ Youâ€™ve no doubt seen a scenario like this in spy movies or even cartoon shows but thanks to a recent contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), it could soon become a reality.
Last year, the agency announced intentions to build similar technology and put a call out for partners. The plan was to develop a device that when triggered, could degrade partially or completely into its surroundings.
IBM answered the call and was awarded a $3.45 million contract last month to move forward with the project. Known as Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR), the program will develop an entirely new class of electronics.